The debate over amnesty and extension of chain migration has failed to consider exponentially increasing employment disruptions caused by future technological transitions to automation.

Congress and President Trump must consider the impact of any vote for amnesty and chain migration, particularly on millions of Americans in the middle class and working poor whose transition to an automated economy will require substantial spending on retraining and the social safety net. Adding millions of additional “low skill” new residents only exacerbates this looming domestic policy challenge.

We are making decisions on immigration that will affect this nation for decades. Congress and the president need to look ahead decades to determine how the economy will change in the future and how those changes impact American citizens.

Joseph Platt

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